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Heran & Jeremy’s Laid Back, Baltimore Engagement Pictures

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Images: Bombs Over Betty Photography via Two Bright Lights

Well another weekend has come and gone. Andy & I survived a trip to IKEA yesterday and it was nice to kind of just “be” around DC this weekend. We watched Spotlight on Friday and then Saturday night we enjoyed dinner & some beers on our deck … even with an uninvited guest hanging out. Yesterday I made Andy takes some promo snaps of the new additions to our online store – more Capitol Romance Wedding Planners, but this time in Purple & Teal! We are first completing our VERY FIRST wholesale agreement (!!) with the new colors and will then have the additional binders up in the shop, ASAP. I can’t wait for you to see them!

For today we have an adorable, laid-back Baltimore, MD engagement session. I love the smiles & laughter in this shoot and just how comfortable the two are with each other and in front of the camera. Plus the bride to be is a Harry Potter fanatic. Need a I say more? Just what I needed to get this week going.

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How they met:

Jeremy and I grew up 5 minutes from each in Edison, NJ. Whenever I tell people that they seem surprised we weren’t high school sweetheart or something – easy explanation. We didn’t really roll with the same crowds! He was a jock and I loved math. Jeremy swears I must have knew who he was as “he was kind of a big deal” but honestly, I just really loved math, hated sports and wasn’t even allowed to date in high school!

It wasn’t until my sophomore year at Rutgers University when a mutual friend introduced us, I’ll never forget the first night we met in the basement of a gross Rutgers fraternity. We bonded over our foreign parents and loveeee for 1/2 priced appetizers at Applebee’s.

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A few weeks later after collecting all of our quarters we had our first date at approximately 10:01pm. We shared 8 appetizers and 2 waters. Jeremy recently told my friends he knew he had met the love of his life when I ordered 4 apps on a first date. #FOODISLIFE

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Matt & Lindsay’s Vintage Record Store Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: Kathleen Hertel Photography via Two Bright Lights

What a weekend Romancers! We kicked off our 2016 wedding season with the most bad ass DC local wedding. Our fav venue, an insanely awesome vendor team, and the bride wore BLACK. Really can’t think of a better way to get into the wedding season this year. Hope you guys all had a great weekend too, despite the cold & rain (and even a little snow). Here’s an adoraaaable vintage inspired, record store engagement session in Maryland. The outfits alone are enough to get me through this Monday. Enjoy!

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From the photographer:

Their story is actually quite cute. He is a police officer, she is a 911 operator, and they met outside a Wawa while he was on duty. The first time they met she had a boyfriend so they just talked. Then a year later after running into each other multiple times at the same Wawa he found out she was single and finally asked her out. They love pin-up style photos so we took to Downtown Frederick for their engagement session. We went into an old fashioned record store to create the perfect Save the Dates.

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From the couple:

We met at Wawa around Feb/March 2011. I was with my friend and we had just gotten off work we were sitting in my car and we saw Matt pull up in his patrol car. He came up to us and started talking to us. We would chat at Wawa for a few months then we gave each other our numbers and went on our first date at havre de grace on June 12, 2011. We got engaged on September 13, 2016 at havre de grace where we had our first kiss! :)

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Shervonne & Elliot’s Baltimore City Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: B.O.B. Photography via Two Bright Lights

How are we doing Romancers? Did you survive Jonas? Or are you like me, still attempting to survive? While I LOVE snow, this one has been a challenge with Evie at home and Andy away. I’m feeling ALL of the Cabin Fever feels and attempting to stay positive that Andy’s flight is actually allowed into Reagan tonight. In the meantime, I’ll try and continue to keep myself busy and not think about the fact that I’ve barely left my house since Thursday. Here’s a gorgeous love story, couple & their engagement pictures in Baltimore City to help get you through your work-from-home Monday.

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Elliot and I met 10 years ago via friends who were actually trying to set each of us up with other people! We are a bit of a Ying & Yang – I’m from Baltimore, He’s from Pittsburgh. I’m art & design focused and he’s an engineer by trade. I’m a feminist who enjoys her political debates with a glass of wine, and he can school any NFL coach on their defensive strategy – all while giving bourbon advise. He’s a neat freak, and I’m a clutter queen. On paper we probably don’t make sense, but together in real life we’re very complimentary to each other.

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I picked the engagement pictures locations based on our experiences together at that location, and my love of public art. The Patterson Park Pagoda was where we would go for walks when we first started dating…so that location was near and dear to both of us, and I have admired the Baltimore Love Project for years and wanted to include that in our story.

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Elliot proposed the very same day we bought our first home together, so this past year has been quite a whirlwind of new home ownership, a million questions from family & friends, and the dreaded wedding planning. So I guess the thing I most looked forward to for our engagement session was spending an afternoon with him, and just being close to each other as we created an expression of our love.

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Brittany & Kevin’s Sunrise Morning Light Engagement Pictures in Baltimore, MD

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Images: Ashton Kelley Photography

This weekend Andy & I were going every single minute. I am WIPED to say the least this Monday morning but I don’t regret a second of it. There was SO much holiday fun. We got our tree! We had a blast at PARCEL Market, running our DIY Holiday Totes Workshop and shopping our little hearts out. Then yesterday we drove up for the day to Sesame Place to spend time with my family and got home last night to get ready for the week. I am exhausted again just typing it out ;) So apologies for the delay this morning in blogging, but there really wasn’t even a slice of time to get on my laptop over the weekend. But we got a GORGEOUS Maryland engagement session on the rooftop of the couples’ own apartment building for you, and as always, we are kicking off the week with LOVE. Happy Monday.

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We met in high school at Atholton in Columbia, MD as freshmen. We have been together on and off for about a decade! I will admit we had some rocky times. We tried to make it work while I was at college in Georgia playing basketball and lacrosse at Berry College while Kevin was in New York playing football at Marist. It was hard on us. We finally found our way back to each other when we moved back to Columbia in 2012. We bought a house together in Baltimore in November of that year.

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On June 4th, 2015, I arrived home from work. I found a note from Kevin asking me to come up to our rooftop deck. Little did I know at the time we would be doing our engagement session in that very spot. I was pleasantly surprised to find Kevin with peach roses, champagne, and our favorite song playing.With “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran playing in the background, Kevin got on one knee, and the rest was history! We celebrated with our family and closest friends the following night at The White Oak Tavern and we’re planning our wedding at Belmont Manor in 2016.

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Robert & Samantha’s Gorgeous, Golden Light Lakeside Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: LA Birdie Photography

Here we are, another Monday. I was riding the high of Friday’s blog post ALL weekend. So many awesome Instagram comments and the post has reached over 3,700 on Facebook (which is crazy considering I only have 1500 fans). We’re gearing up for our LAST DIY workshop on Sunday November 8th (come join us! tickets still available) AND tomorrow I am actually speaking at the AWP Monthly Event about bringing greater awareness to your brand/business using social media. I’ll be Periscoping the talk tomorrow night (at around 7:00pm!) so make sure to get on Twitter around that time :)

And now to kick off your week, as usual, let’s start it with some LOVE. We have Rob & Sam’s DREAMY Maryland engagement pictures and love story to share with you! Here we go…

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How they met:

Robert and I are admittedly high school sweethearts, we met when we were 17 because we both participated in a vocational program that required us to travel to another school. We were on the bus for an hour total every day, and we became friends immediately, and have been dating ever since! We have had the opportunity to truly grow together and have been able to support each other through all the changes life has thrown our way.

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The Proposal!

My mother, my sister and I had never been to New York City during the holidays. My mom’s friend was organizing a trip and she asked my sister and I to join her to have a girls trip to see the lights and all the holiday bustle. We spent the day exploring and being touristy, and we decided to finish our trip off at Rockefeller Center to see the tree lit up at night. Fighting through the crowds, I followed my sister to a slightly cleared out section. I looked up and there was Robert, along with my whole family. He was dressed to the nines (he even wore a bow-tie!) got down on one knee and proposed! I said yes and cried, of course. We hugged and everyone near us began to clap and congratulate us. We finished the evening just aimlessly wandering New York City as an engaged couple with all of our loved ones.

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Tinita & Jerrod’s College Rivalry Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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 Images: Terri Baskin Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend. It’s my last wedding-free one for a bit and I was happy to have Andy back home and get some things cleaned up around the house. I cannot believe it’s June. Seriously, where did May go!? For today we have an adorable “college rivals” engagement session featuring Jerrod & Tinita. They both wanted to pay homage to their alma maters during their engagement pictures (with insanely awesome collegiate sweaters), which also happen to be rivals. Check it all out below!

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Jerrod attended North Carolina A&T State University and Tinita attended Howard University. The two schools have an athletic rivalry that spans many years, so the couple made fun of one another in cute and playful ways during their engagement session. Currently, Jerrod is working on his second Master’s Degree and Tinita has her Ph.D! They met at church and what was once a casual friendship has blossomed into a love story that they will share with all of their friends and family at their wedding at the Bolger Center in Potomac Maryland.

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Lauren & James’ Frederick Fairgrounds Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: An Endless Pursuit

It’s Monday Romancers! (Do you need a reminder?). My weekend was FULL of awesome, kicking things off with my fiery new hair color, getting to meet Jay Paterno before (finalllllllly) watching a Penn State win, Andy finishing 1 room of our DIY Plywood Floors, meeting with a FABULOUS lady about some big time 2015 planning (more to come on this!) shopping with Andy, seeing Birdman, and then indulging in the most fabulous pre-anniversary meal at Le Grenier. Is this what life is like without weddings!? I kid I kid!

For today we have a super fun engagement session from An Endless Pursuit. Lauren & James went to the Frederick Fairgrounds for their engagement session and it looks like they had a total BLAST. So many smiles, high-fives, and colors. I love when couples go somewhere fun and adventurous for their engagement pictures – it lends itself to such fun pictures instead of overly posed ones. Enjoy the rest AND Lauren & James’ adorable love story!

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Lauren and James have as unlikely a story as you would expect when imagining how an East Coast girl living in VA meets a Midwest boy living in Nebraska. They met at a small wedding in a small town in Kansas, and with only a small time to get to know each other they said goodbye without any expectation of seeing each other again. But as messages were exchanged and the methods of communication became more personal, upgrading from emails to instant messaging and then onto texts and hour-long phone calls, they knew they would have to capitalize on their opportunity to get to know each other.

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Two years later, they’ve braved the perils of a long distance relationship, beat all the odds and got engaged along the Georgetown Waterfront. James proposed at the ice skating rink with the support and company of Lauren’s cousins. They arrived to the location 30 minutes early, and in Lauren’s usual practical fashion, Lauren wanted to check into the restaurant early. She was very confused when James instead insisted that they walk around outside, and by then she was very suspicious (and hungry). Any apprehension she felt about not going into the restaurant was gone once he went down on one knee. Now they look forward to the likely hilarious outcome of bringing together there two very different family and friends.

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Nate & Amy’s Maryland Engagement Pictures at Heysers Farms

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Images: Katy Murray Photography

What a weekend Romancers. We got slammed with Trick or Treaters on Friday (running out of almost 300 pieces of candy in less than an hour) and then made our way to Not-So-Happy Valley on Saturday to watch my Nittany Lions lose a bad one to Maryland. The drive to State College is always long, but we meet our best friends from college there, so regardless of the game outcome, it’s always worth it to see them. Then yesterday was a glorious one with that extra hour (seriously, can we get an extra hour EVERY Sunday?!) as Andy & I started on our DIY wide plank floors upstairs! I posted a picture on Instagram of the progress so far (mostly prep worked), and I’ll continue to share updates there over the next few weekends. Hoping to do a full post on the entire project once we finish!

In other news, it’s Monday and I am already slightly dreading it being so dark when I leave work, but until then, let’s enjoy some happiness and a love story courtesy of Katy Murray Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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About the couple:

Nate and Amy have been acquainted since 1996 when they attended the same church where Amy’s father is the associate pastor. Nate and Amy attended the same Sunday school, retreats and other church events. Once Nate returned from the air force, and Amy graduated college in 2012 they attended the same young adult group at church. Their social circles began intermingling. Nate asked Amy to coffee one day after church because he was interested in something she said at bible study. The rest is history. The weekend of July 4th, 2013 after a drive-in movie Nate made it official. Nate and Amy share hand written letters and crosswords together.

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Baltimore Record Store Engagement Pictures & Friday Link Love

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Photo: Karen Rainier Photography

IT’S FRIDAY. And while I refrain from belting out some Rebecca Black, I’ll try and contain my excitement. But BOY OH BOY do I have a weekend ahead of me. Tomorrow is my last wedding gig of 2014 (where has the time gone?! seriously?!) and then Sunday is our 2nd to last DIY Wedding Workshop of the year too! (Tickets still on sale for today if you are interested!). I am hoping to squeeze in some Farmer’s Market shopping, some yard work (our yard is COVERED in leaves and I won’t even tell you how high our grass is), and hoping I can catch SOME of the big Penn State – Ohio State White Out game post wedding.

In the meantime, here are some links to get you to the weekend AND the rest of this adorable Baltimore record store engagement session from Karen Rainier Photography below!

Link love links:

9 Pieces of Wedding Advice Married Couples Wish They Had Known on Their Wedding Day (#3 is my FAVORITE – I think I need to write a whole blog post on this!)

Your Moments of Self Doubt (an older post, but it’s SUCH a great reminder)

How Much Should Your Wedding Cost?

DIY Spa Favors Tutorial – perfect for a bachelorette or bridal shower favor!

DCist Rounds Up the Top Places to Find a Suit in DC!

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From the photographer:

We met at Celebrated Summer Records in Hamden to start out the session. They even brought along some of their favorite records that symbolized important moments in their relationship. Any couple that shares my love of Huey Lewis is at the top my list of awesome people!

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From the couple:

Steve used to play in a band that toured for a large portion of the year. In the summer of 2006 while he was on tour, the print shop where he worked was hiring a temp to fill his position while he was away. A mutual friend also worked there and told Sherry about the job opening and she started working there while he was gone. When he returned, they kept her on as extra help and that was when she and Steve met. They immediately became good friends, spending every day working together, cracking jokes, and creating iPod playlists to make our time at work more enjoyable. They started to spend time together outside of work too, going to see local bands play, browsing through the shelves of local record stores, and seeing movies. The following spring, before he left for another tour, Steve bought 2nd row tickets for them to see Huey Lewis and the News upon his return. From that day forward, their hearts were totally inseparable. Steve proposed on Christmas Day 2013 and he and Sherry are super excited to spend the rest of their lives together taking on new adventures and making memories that will last forever.

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Have a great freakin’ weekend Romancers.

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